From a program originally recorded on February 24, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews visiting composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin, live in the studios of KPFA. Bodin, one of the most prominent composers in Sweden, is a leading practitioner of text-sound composition and electronic music. At the time of this recording Bodin was in the middle of a world tour that would take him to India and Iran, and yet he found the time to sit down with Amirkhanian to talk about his music as well as present a selection of compositions by other Sweden based composers. Much of the program is devoted to listening to Bodin’s “From Clouds.” The composition, elements of which were to accompany a large multi-media and theatrical piece entitled “Clouds,” features organ and other musique concrète sounds, all heavily processed by means of tape manipulation and analog synthesizers. After listening to the piece in its entirety, Bodin plays it again this time providing a running commentary on the techniques he employed in its creation. For anyone interested in the history of 20th century electronic music this interview provides some fascinating insights on various tricks that can be utilized in composing electronic music. Also included in the program are numerous examples of sound poetry or text-sound compositions by Bodin, Sten Hanson, and François Dufrêne , as well as works for instrumental ensemble and orchestra by Jan Morthenson and Sven-David Sandström, and electro-acoustic and electronic works by Bengt Emil Johnson and Tamas Ungvary.
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